Humanities

ISBN-10: 0618417761

ISBN-13: 9780618417766

Edition: 7th 2005

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Description: This introductory text presents an overview of the liberal arts--literature, art, music, philosophy, and history--with a particular emphasis on literature. The unique selection of works from each culture provides students with a global understanding of the humanities. Several pedagogical features of the Seventh Edition, such as chapter objectives, key terms, art images, and summary questions, help students understand the major concepts of the text. Each volume begins with a "Chronicle of Events" that provides a timetable of key events in world history. "Continuities" sections focus on the lasting contributions of each society.Non-Western coverage includes a section on Japan in Volume I; Western material has been scaled back to provide balanced coverage.A special introduction to River-Valley Civilizations helps students see the connections between global societies.

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List price: $199.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 7/16/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.970
Language: English

Ronald G. Witt is Professor of History, Emeritus, at Duke University.

Defining the Humanities and Cultural Roots for the Twenty-First Century
Earliest Civilizations
Mesopotamia
The City-State Culture
Sumerian Architecture and Art Sumerian Mythology, Religion, and Worship
Sumerian Music Daily Lives: A Day in School Literacy and Literature in Mesopotamia
The Mesopotamian Empire Reading
Selections:From The Epic of Gilgamesh
From The Hammurabi Code
Egypt and the Kingdom of Kush
The First and Second Dynasties (31002686 B.C.)
The Old Kingdom (26862180 B.C.)
The Middle Kingdom (21401786 B.C.)
The New Kingdom (15701085 B.C.)
Daily Lives: Schools and Scribes
The Third Intermediate Period and the Late Period (1085332 B.C.)
The Ptolemaic Period (33230 B.C.)
Egyptian Music Nubia and the Kingdom of Kush
Reading Selections:The Instruction of Ptah-hotep
From the Book of the Dead
Amenhotep IV (Akhenaton), The Great Hymn to the Aten
Egyptian Love Poetry
The Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian Roots
Early Greece Hellenism: The Rise of Greek Culture
Greek Religion and Mythology Homer and the Epic
The Lyric
The Archaic Period: Architecture and Sculpture
Reading Selections:Homer, from the Iliad; From the Odyssey
Sappho, Selected Lyric Poems and Fragments
Classical Greece: Politics, Art, Drama Politics and Life in Ancient Athens
The Classical Period: Architecture and Sculpture
From Classical to Hellenistic Sculpture
Classical Greek Drama
Daily Lives: Going to the Theater in Ancient Athens
Greek Comedy Reading Selections:Thucydides, Pericles' Funeral Oration
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Euripides, The Women of Troy
Classical Greece: Philosophy and Ethical Thought
The Pre-Socratics Socrates (470?399 B.C.)
Plato (427? 347 B.C.)
Aristotle (384322 B.C.)
Reading Selections:Heraclitus of Ephesus, Fragments
Plato, The Allegory of the Cave; The Death of Socrates
Aristotle, from the Politics; The High-Minded Man; From the Poetics
The Culture of Rome Hellenistic and Roman
History and Thought
Daily Lives: The Shrewd Landowner
Roman Art and Architecture
Roman Literature
Reading Selections:Cicero, from On the Laws
Ovid, from the Metamorphoses
Virgil, from the Aeneid
Horace, My Slave is Free to Speak Up for Himself Juvenal, Satire
On Leaving Rome
Lucretius, from the Triumph Song of Death
Marcus Aurelius, from the Meditations
Judaism and Early Christianity
The Ancient Hebrews and the Bible
The Prophets and the Fall of Israel
Early Christianity
The End of Antiquity
The Barbarian Influence in the Western Roman Empire
Early Christian Music: Gregorian Chant
Daily Lives: Life in an Early Medieval Monastery
Reading Selections:Genesis: The Creation; The Fall
Exodus: The Ten Commandments
Judges: The Song of Deborah
Psalms: Psalm
The Prophets: Amos
From the Song of Solomon
The Gospel According to Luke: The Magnificat
The Gospel According to Matthew: The Sermon on the Mount
The Apostle Paul: From the Letter to the Ephesians
From the First Letter to the Corinthians
Augustine, from the Confessions
Medieval Cultures
The Byzantine and the Islamic Empires
The Eastern Roman Empire, or Byzantium
The Threat of Islam and Separation from the West
Collapse of the Byzantine Empire (1261-1453)
Byzantium as a Transmitter of Ancient
Greek Culture to the West
The Islamic Empire
Daily Lives: The Quran on Women
Reading Selections:From the Quran
Sufi Poetry
Ibn Zaydun, Poem to Walladah
Four Poems Addressed to Ibn Zaydun
From The Thousand and One Nights
Medieval Europe: Culture and the Cathedral Medieval Revivals
Daily Lives: Hildegard of Bingen: An Exceptional Medieval Woman
Medieval Art and the Church: The Gothic
Cathedral Music and Drama in the Cathedral Reading Selections:William of Rubruck, Letter from Mongolia
Marco Polo, from the Travels of Marco Polo
The Play of Daniel
Divine and Human Love in Medieval Europe
The Adoration of the Virgin Mary
Representations of the Virgin Mary
The Literature and Music of Courtly
Love Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Chaucer (c. 1342-1400) and the Comedy of Love
Polyphonic Music
Reading Selections:From The Letters of Abelard and Heloise
Bernart de Ventadorn, Be m'an perdut
Quis Dabit Capiti
The Countess of Die, Selected Lyrics
Dante Alighieri, from the Divine Comedy
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Miller's Tale
The Western African Cultural Root
African Backgrounds Images of Africa in the West Africa and America Stages in African History
Reading Selections:The Culture of Benin: From A Short History of Benin
From Benin Oral Literature
European Accounts of Benin: Ruy de Pina, from the Chronicle of John II
Willem Bosman, from New and Accurate Description of the Coast of Guinea
West African Languages and Literature: The Oral Tradition and Its Legacy
Written Literature in Africa Oral Literature
African Myths and Religions: Some Generalizations Tales (Hausa)
Riddles Proverbs Poetry
Daily Lives: Language, Learning, and Performance
Reading Selections:The Epic: From Sundiata
Myths: Two Yoruba Myths of Creation
Myths on the Separation of Man from God
Myths on the Origin of Death
Tales and Proverbs: A Labarai Tale
Tatsuniyoyi Tales
Yoruba Proverbs
Poetry: Oriki--Yoruba Praise Poems
Iwi--The Poetry of Yoruba Masqueraders
Fulani Poetry
Ga Poetry
Visual and Musical Arts of West Africa
Visual Arts African
Music African Arts in Festival: The Efe/Gelede of the Western Yoruba
The Asian Cultural Root
An Introduction to the Civilization of India
India's Early History Hinduism
Daily Lives: Manu the Lawgiver Buddhism and Islam
The Village Indian Literature
Art and Architecture
Music and Dance
Reading Selections:From the Bhagavad Gita
From the Kamasutra of Vatsyayana
The Buddha's Sermon in the Deer Park
From The Bodhisattva
An Introduction to the Civilizations of China and Japan
Daily Lives: Rites of Ancestor Worship
China from 2000 B.C. to A.D. 221
Religion and Philosophical Thought China from 221 B.C. to A.D. 221
Buddhism and the Age of Dispersal (220-586)
China from 581 to 1300
Science and Technology
Foreign Trade Why Not China?
Why Europe?
Chinese Poetry
Art and Architecture
Music Japan: Early Civilization Late Bronze Age
The Yamato Court (Fourth Through Seventh Centuries A.D.)
The High Culture of the Nara Period (710-794)
The Heian Court (794-1192)
The Rise of Medieval Society Japan and the West
Reading Selections:Confucius, From the Analecta (Commentaries and Sayings)
Lao Zi, Dao De Jing (Tao-te Ching)
Gou Xiang, Commentary on the Chuang Tzu
Zong Bing, Introduction to Landscape Painting
A Commentary on Buddhismby Mou Tzu
Ban Jieyu (Pan Chieh-Yuuml;), Poem in Rhyme--Prose Form; Song of Regret
Poets of the Tang Dynasty: Wang Wei and Li Bo, Poems from the Manyocirc;shucirc;
Ono no Komachi, Poems
The Tale of the Heike
Lady Sarashina, A
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